High-powered firearms seized at NAIA

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An abandoned cargo filled with high-powered firearms was discovered on Thursday by the Bureau of Customs (BoC) personnel during a routine inspection at the Pair Cargo Warehouse near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal 1.

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District III Officer-in-Charge Nerza Rebustes said the firearms came from the United States two years ago via Eva Air flight BR 271 and was consigned to the Philippine National Police-Firearms and Explosives Division.

She added that BoC Commissioner Ruffy Biazon made a surprise inspection on cargoes that have been abandoned for several months or even years at Pair Cargo.

The hot cargo consisting of  2 pieces of Colt Defense IAR with cleaning kit, 4 pieces of M4 Carbine Colt Defense hart fort with cleaning kit, 4 pieces of upper receiver with bolt, 4 pieces of buttocks and buffer assembly and 30 pieces of 30 rounds magazine for 5.56 mm.

According to Rebustes, the firearms had a total value of US$14,089.96, which Biazon ordered for an immediate seizure.

If declared, the total amount that would be paid by consignee for the duties and taxes will be P186,662.00.  BENJIE L. VERGARA

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